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Bench trial is a trial without a jury. The judge decides the case.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
Trial without a jury in which a judge decides the facts.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
A trial that takes place in front a judge without a jury.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)
Trial without a jury in which a judge decides which party prevails.
State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)